Here's a virtual movie of a recital of a charming little poem that made me smile about a rather independent the English poetess Irene R. McLeod.She wrote three volumes of direct and often distinguished verse, the best of which may be found in Songs to Save a Soul (1915) and Before Dawn (1918).

Irene Rutherford McLeod (21 August 1891 — 1968) was a poet, writer and editor, published in the early twentieth century.
Macleod was born in Croydon, Surrey, on 21 August 1891. She was the sister-in-law of A.A. Milne and indeed one of her daughters, Lesley, married Christopher Robin Milne in 1949.

Her works include volumes of poetry, drama, children's literature and novels. Some of her poems, such as "Lone Dog", have been adapted to song.
In 1919, she married the writer, classical scholar and translator Aubrey de Sélincourt. They had two daughters, Lesley (who married her first cousin, Christopher Robin Milne), and Anne.
She died in 1968

Kind Regards

Jim Clark
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(Irene Rutherford Mcleod)

I'm a lean dog, a keen dog, a wild dog, and lone;
I'm a rough dog, a tough dog, hunting on my own;
I'm a bad dog, a mad dog, teasing silly sheep;
I love to sit and bay the moon, to keep fat souls from sleep.

I'll never be a lap dog, licking dirty feet,
A sleek dog, a meek dog, cringing for my meat,
Not for me the fireside, the well-filled plate,
But shut door, and sharp stone, and cuff and kick, and hate.

Not for me the other dogs, running by my side,
Some have run a short while, but none of them would bide.
O mine is still the lone trail, the hard trail, the best,
Wide wind, and wild stars, and hunger of the quest!

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